Aka Nora will be gainfully employed for years to come ;)
"Mayor de Blasio Commits to 80 Percent Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050,” said the Sunday news release, outlining what would be a truly impressive feat if he actually were able to make good on that promise. But there is not going to be any 89-year-old, 10-term mayor named de Blasio declaring a local victory in the battle to save the planet. This is a long march to a distant goal. The commitment Mr. de Blasio made over the weekend — an excellent and necessary one — was to do his part now to keep the city moving in the right direction: Promised Land, that way. […]
Mr. de Blasio’s plan focuses on making the city’s buildings more energy-efficient, through strict regulations on new buildings and retrofitting existing ones, particularly the crumbling stock of public-housing apartments. This is just where the initial focus should be: residential and commercial buildings account for nearly three-fourths of the city’s carbon-dioxide emissions.
By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how. A McKinsey & Company article.
It’s not an understatement to say that the future of the planet rests on cities. Carbon reduction, resiliency in the face of climate change, access to education and health care, economic justice … all are shaped by cities. It’s the reason Clinton created the C40 (now it’s more like the C100) — mayors and city councils can make a tremendous impact.
And it’s the number one reason I feel a purpose in my career. Dealing with global warming in other settings can be depressing. But when you’re dealing with it at the urban level, especially in a city like NYC, it’s actually kind of hopeful. (Doesn’t mean it’s not hella-frustrating though.)